Arthroscopic debridement is a surgical 'clean up' of the joint cavity via keyhole surgery.


Non-specific procedure

'Debridement' is a rather broad term, encompassing sucking up loose fronds of synovium (joint lining), meniscus or cruciate ligament and sucking out any joint debris. Arthroscopic debridement means that this is done using keyhole surgery, where a thin 'scope' is pushed into the joint (arthro=joint) to visualise the structures.

It may be a trivial part of the surgical procedure or, if there is florid synovitis (joint lining inflammation), it may be extensive.


Articular cartilage repair

A short but sound overview of the issue of damage to the joint cartilage, and what can be done about it.

Which articular cartilage repair procedure?

Part 3 of an in-depth review on Articular Cartilage Repair by Karen Hambly PhD BSc MCSP (Sports Scientist/Physiotherapist).

An 'interpretation' of a publication from 1999 describing how these surgeons managed knees that were severely locked up with arthrofibrotic scarring.



Arthroscopic debridement of the degenerative knee – Is there still a role? Law GW, Lee JK, Soong J, Lim JWS, Zhang KT, and Tan AHC. Asia Pac J Sports Med Arthrosc Rehabil Technol. 2019 Jan; 15: 23–28.

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